Linda Em is a London based roots singer-songwriter who hasn’t forgotten her Irish roots with Celtic shades running throughout her music.
As well as classic Woodstock era songwriters such as Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson and Melanie, Linda’s lyrical narrative is influenced by the authors, poets, playwrights and artists that inform the strong storytelling aspect of her songwriting. The subject matter of her songs runs the gamut from myths and legends, the inspirational figures she has known in her own life and the battered but noble occupants of the typical 'old man's pubs' of pre-hipster East London.
Performing at London's legendary 100 Club and major UK folk festivals, she can be accompanied in an intimate acoustic setting or by her full seven-piece band, which includes soulful backing singers along with violin, bouzouki and bodhran - bringing that Celtic feel to the music.
With both BBC and Irish radio support for her debut album 'Shadow Lands' and the single 'Blue Girl', Linda’s clear, warm, sultry vocal draws the listener into her musical story telling. What‘s unique is the extraordinary mix of influences that create Linda’s original Roots sound. There is certainly folk (revisited from a present-day London / Irish cultural perspective) but also with a bit of rock, front porch blues, torch song and even a hint of ska and trip-hop if you listen closely enough. The production of her songs takes you back to the 1960s and 1970s but with a modern day, eclectic feel.
Linda's latest double A-side single 'Buccaneer'/'Stories' is released on Talking Elephant Records. 'Buccaneer' combines a classic 1960s big ballad arrangement with traditional instrumentation to pay tribute to an influential mentor. ‘Stories’ is a more introspective song, rich in atmosphere which draws the listener in further the more it builds.